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    Hello 1Bee & welcome to the jungle. If you run out of time to sow what you want, there are plenty of plug plants on sale at the moment. If I was to choose some plants now, they would have to be Strawberries. Don't kids just love Strawberries............if the adults don't get to them first.....good luck & enjoy.
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    Hi there. Afraid I can't really add anything else to the great advice already given. My only thing would be plan stuff out on a piece of paper and then tinker about with your ideas and jiggle stuff about until you are happy with it.

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    Thanks so much everyone!

    We got onto the allotment for the first time this morning, and it was a special kind of bliss. Intermittent hail showers flying down the valley, and a walk down the rest of the allotment revealed just how windy the day was, and just how sheltered our patch is. Picking it over for glass and cans and the like didn't take as long as we thought, so we've been able to mark out paths/beds and start forking over and pulling out weed roots. Just the most delicious soil... I'm slightly delirious.

    Someone local drove round the corner of the allotments as we were working out plot and gave us a huge grin and a wave, which I think is a good sign.

    Crannman, the first bed we're trying to get ready will take spuds. Desire, just because I like them and I grew them, once, about twelve years ago...

    Kristen, thank you! I was getting antsty about not having anything in yet, but then we had a good frost on Monday morning, and I relaxed a bit. Great advice, thank you. I've spotted that carpets aren't allowed, and we've got carboard and weed membrane to use.... manure is going to be a bit of a conundrum, so I'll ask other plot holders how they get theirs.

    Martin, thank you, that answers that question. I was wondering whether to dig or just cover... now we've decided to dig and clear the weeds on the paths, too.

    Nicos, we've been there once, and already your car boot prediction is coming true. I've got a lease car, too.... *trying not to think about it*. We're very chuffed, too.

    Thank you Norfolkgrey! I will definitely ask - everyone's been so welcoming and helpful. We're trying to keep our expectations simple and enjoy as we go.

    Sorry, Wendy, - 9 metres by 9 metres ish. I knew I'd made that sound confused.... We're probably not going to bother with a shed initially anyway, just settle in and see if we really need one. Maybe some sort of tool store.

    Thanks Bigmally. I love strawberries, but know nothing about growing them... and sadly our 4yo won't touch them. Or almost any other fruit. Or vegetable. But hopefully the allotment will help there, even if only a little.

    Thank you noviceveggrower. Husband and I kept saying to each other, "we can always move it..." when we were planning things out today. Good advice.
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    First day on 1B.

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    Perfect time to join our http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...dar_83084.html then you can watch all your had work come to fruition.
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    I second advice about putting some time into removing as many perennial weeds as you can to start with. They can be right buggers!

    Grow some stuff that grows really quickly. This is satisfying for you and for your little one. Courgettes, beans, peas and radishes all grow very quickly (radishes are ready in 3-4 weeks) and are pretty easy. Plus they all have big seeds that are fun to sow : D
    Having things that aren't weeds growing around you while you work on the rest of the plot really is a massive boost! I had/have a wilderness plot and having things to harvest while I clear endless rubbish elsewhere always helps me push away those sneaky thoughts of jacking it in.

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    Hello there. The thing I regret the most is - not mulching the soil when I had to. Grass clippings, pine needles, leaves, straw - all of those work wonders for recycling the soil and protecting the plants from soilborne diseases. Do your research and don't miss out on a chance!

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